School Counseling, M.Ed.

Program of Studies

UNC School Counseling students promoting college
readiness in elementary and high school
Kim Kelleher, School Counselor and
JJ Smith, counseling intern,
New Hope Elementary
Mayra Garcia, counseling intern, Graham High School

Curriculum and Syllabi

Course descriptions can be found at:

  1. Thirty-three (33) hours of content courses.
  2. Twenty four (24) hours of skill/clinical courses
  3. Three (3) hours of graduate level electives,
    approved by the advisor.

Semester One - Summer

Summer Session I
EDUC 702 Introduction to Strengths-Based School Counseling 3 hrs
EDUC 827 Human Development 3 hrs
Summer Session II
EDUC 703 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3 hrs
EDUC 714 Guidance and Group Counseling 3 hrs

Semester Two - Fall

EDUC 713 Tests and Measurements 3 hrs
EDUC 766+ Practicum in School Counseling
6 hrs
EDUC 711 Promoting Academic Development 3 hrs
EDUC 705+ Internship in School Counseling & Consultation (F)
3 hrs
EDUC 707 Promoting Cultural Competence and Social Justice in School Counseling 3 hrs

Semester Three - Spring

EDUC 704 Promoting Career Development 3 hrs
EDUC 705+ Internship in School Counseling & Consultation (S)
9 hrs
EDUC 709 Seminar in Applied Investigations 3 hrs
EDUC 752 College Access and College Admissions Counseling 3 hrs

Semester Four - Summer

Summer Session I
EDUC 705+ Internship in School Counseling & Consultation (Su) 3 hrs
EDUC 826 Promoting Mental Health and Wellness in Schools 3 hrs
Summer Session II
EDUC 706 Collaboration and Leadership in School Counseling Elective
Typically students take their elective courses in SSII, although other options are possible
3 hrs
--- Elective 3 hrs

+ Fall Practicum runs August through October (10 weeks). Fall Internship runs November through December. Internship continues in spring and summer. Students must spend a minimum of 100 (40 direct service) clock hours in practicum and 600 (240 direct service) in internship in their field experiences during the August to June K-12 public school year. The schedule for accumulating the required 700 hours is typically completed in three full time days per week at the school site and/or arranged with both the field supervisor and the EDUC 766 and 705 instructors.


The list below provides some examples of appropriate elective courses. It is not exhaustive (i.e., courses may be taken elsewhere and transferred in). All elective courses must be considered at the graduate level at UNC-CH and verification of graduate level may be checked with the student service office in the School of Education. Courses numbered 400 to 600 are combined graduate/UG courses, so it will carry graduate level credit and earned hours on the student’s transcript.   Elective courses not on the list below must also be approved by the student's advisor in writing. EDUC 689 Foundation of Special Education or another graduate level course in special education is highly recommended.

++ Courses Recommended by Faculty

From Education:

  • EDUC 403 Families, Schools and Community Services
  • EDUC 689++ Foundations of Special Education
  • EDUC 708++ School Consultation Methods
  • EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data I
  • EDUC 724 Parent and Community Engagement for the School Executive
  • EDUC 727 The Social Context of Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 796a Independent Study (Master's level)
  • EDUC 758 Immigration and Education
  • EDUC 762 Child Development and Disability
  • EDUC 763 Biological Bases of Children's Development
  • EDUC 767 Educational Innovation and Technology, Integrative Seminar I
  • EDUC 771 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 772 Educational Sociology
  • EDUC 774 Social and Educational History of the United States
  • EDUC 776 Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education
  • EDUC 779 Contemporary Philosophies of Democratic Schooling
  • EDUC 781 Theories and Research in Human Development
  • EDUC 782 Psychology of Learning in the School
  • EDUC 784 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II
  • EDUC 785 Program Evaluation in Education
  • EDUC 800 Diversity in Education
  • EDUC 811 Problems in School Counseling
  • EDUC 817 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 904 Exploring Representations of Education in Popular Culture
  • EDMX 733 Spanish for Educators
  • EDMX 782 Behavioral Support Methods

From Social Work

  • SOWO 500 Human Development in Context I: Infancy to Adolescents
  • SOWO 700 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD): Abuse and Dependence
  • SOWO 850++ School Social Work: Policy and Practice
  • SOWO 853 Approaches to Brief Treatment

From Psychology

  • PSYC 471 The Study of Adolescent Issues and Development
  • PSYC 500++ Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSYC 501Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality
  • PSYC 566 Attitude Change
  • PSYC 761 Advanced Social Development

From Sociology

  • SOCI 425 Family and Society, Junior/Senior Section
  • SOCI 427 The Labor Force (MNGT 427)